Director: Daniel Shah
Daniel joined as Director of RCUK India, in January 2017. He is responsible for delivering a vision for a stronger and deeper UK-India research and innovation partnership, working with Indian and UK collaborators to achieve excellence with impact.
Previously, he led the international policy work of Universities UK International, the membership body for UK universities, and initiated the international and EU strategy for the Russell Group of universities. He worked on research funding and university-business interactions for the UK Government’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills, and in social enterprise. He studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics in Oxford and Philosophy in New York.
Deputy Director: Sukanya Kumar-Sinha
Sukanya is Deputy Director at RCUK India. She works closely with Indian partners to develop and deliver UK-India research collaborations across the remit of Research Councils UK.
Prior to joining RCUK India, Sukanya worked with the UK Border Agency at British High Commission, New Delhi as Team Leader-Visa Support Officer. She has also, previously, worked with The Times of India in editorial quality audit.
Senior Programme Manager: Helen Dewberry
Helen joined RCUK India, as a Senior Programme Manager, in December 2017. Helen's role is to support and facilitate the development and management of UK-India research partnerships across the Research Council's remit.
Helen moved to Delhi from Brussels, where she was previously a European Advisor at the UK Research Office, supporting UK engagement in EU research and innovation programmes. Before being based in Belgium, Helen worked as an International Policy Manager at the UK Economic and Social Research Council, where she led on the development and commissioning of a number of international research funding calls. Helen holds an MSc in International Rural Development and a BSc in Environmental Geoscience.
Newton Fund Delivery Programme Manager: Dr Monika Sharma
Dr. Monika Sharma joined RCUK India in May 2014. She holds a doctorate degree in biochemistry and microbiology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India where her research work was on multidrug resistance against fungus. Prior to RCUK India, Monika was working with German Research Foundation (DFG) and German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) as Senior Programme Officer in Hyderabad.
In her current role she is responsible for managing programme activities, engagement and negotiations with the relevant stakeholders towards building UK-India research collaborations under the Newton Fund programme.
Communications and Programme Manager: Geeny George Shaju
Geeny joined RCUK India in July 2012. She holds a degree in Sociology and has also studied International Law. In her current role Geeny is responsible in managing and implementing communications strategy for the office and to assist on programme activities. Previously she worked with the Immigration department and has been at the British High Commission, New Delhi for more than 8 years.
Administrative Officer: Manju Singh
Before joining RCUK India, Manju worked with Australian High Commission, New Delhi, in the department of Industry, Science and Innovation. Prior to that she worked for Non-Banking Financial Corporations. Manju holds a degree in Finance (PGDBM) and also studied Cost & Management Accounting (CMA). Manju works closely with the rest of the team to ensure smooth running of the office and its activities, maintains oversight of financial transactions and budgets, as well as act as a first point of contact between Indian partners and international stakeholders, including the Research Councils in the UK.
Contact details for the RCUK India Team can be found here.
The launch of the RCUK Office in India took place on 20 October 2008, hosted by the British High Commissioner Sir Richard Stagg at his residence in New Delhi. In his speech, the High Commissioner emphasised the growing importance of research to diplomatic relations overseas and welcomed the RCUK office to the British High Commission, where it is located.
Speeches were also made by Dr T Ramasami- Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Science and Technology and Professor John Beddington- UK's Chief Scientific Adviser. Professor Beddington formally launched the office by 'switching on' the office website.
Professor Alan Thorpe, Chief Executive of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), speaking on behalf of RCUK, stressed the importance of international collaboration and warmly welcomed the opening of the office.
The evening was attended by 220 guests, including 92 UK delegates. These included representation from all seven research councils, UK stakeholders with interest or representation in India like British Council, Royal Society, UKTI, DIUS, SIN, DfID and FCO. The event also saw broad Indian policy maker and academic attendance including representation from the Department of Science and Technology, Indian Council of Medical Research, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Indian Council of Social Science Research.
An informal welcome get-together at the Deputy High Commissioner Mr Creon Butler's residence and a themed conference outlining RCUK strategic priorities in India were held on separate days as complimentary activities surrounding the formal launch evening.